Ever play a racing video game and wish you could build your own physical handlebars to drive? Or a play a fishing game and want to go cast an actual rod to grab your virtual catch? If you have a Nintendo Switch you soon will be able to.
Called the Nintendo Labo, the Japanese video game maker announced two new accessory "kits" for the Switch, allowing players to build their own physical, cardboard add-ons to go along with corresponding games.
The first option, called the "Variety Kit," comes with software to connect the accessories to the game, plus the cardboard, rubber bands, and string necessary to build a fishing rod, motorbike, piano (with functioning keys), a house and remote-controlled cars.
Once assembled, the newly created accessories combine with the Switch's Joy-Con controllers and the game system's display to bring the creations to life.
A second kit, called the "Robot Kit," lets you assemble your own cardboard exoskeleton to control a virtual robot.
Both packages will be available on April 20, with the variety pack available for $69.99 and the robot pack retailing for $79.99.
Those looking to add some creativity to their cardboard toys can purchase a $9.99 "Customization Set" that adds stencils, stickers and colored tape to help your personalize your newly made accessories, though you can also presumably use any markers or stickers you already own to spice things up.
Nintendo is hoping its newest gadget will appeal to kids and their vivid imaginations, allowing them to bring their favorite games into the physical world.
In the age of STEM there is also the possibility that this type of creativity will inspire kids to embrace engineering, similar to how Microsoft-owned Minecraft has been used to get kids to learn to code.
And while it may be aimed towards younger gamers, if the Internet's early reaction to the news is any indication, the company may be looking at another hit with gamers of all ages.
After being announced late Wednesday afternoon the Labo quickly became Twitter's top trending topic in the United States as people took to the social network to share their excitement.